Evaluating 2019 Crop Malting Barley for Preharvest Sprouting

Milwaukee – September 9, 2019 – As with many other crops, the seeding of barley was delayed in some areas due to the cool-wet spring. One consequence has been a later and longer harvest period. “This drawn out harvest has increased the chances of small grains getting rained on and sprouting in the field,” according to Marvin Zutz, Executive Director of the Minnesota Barley Growers. “It appears that much of the barley was harvested prior to the rain in Minnesota, but a significant portion of the crop in North Dakota did not get taken off in time. Other states may have regions affected as well.”

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Barley Growers Meet in Washington

Washington, DC – February 14, 2019 – The National Barley Growers Association (NBGA) – whose members include growers, brewers, maltsters, and life science companies – met for their annual winter board meeting in Washington DC Feb 6-8, 2019.

NBGA members also met with their congressional representatives to advocate for their policy priorities, including passage of the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), lifting of the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, permanent beer excise tax reform, and funding for the Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative as well as the Small Grains Genomic Initiative.

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Climate Change Impacts Barley Production

Milwaukee, WI – May 17, 2018 – The major malting barley growing regions of the US extend from the Northern Great Plains, through the intermountain mountains and into the Pacific Northwest.  A diverse geography that is being impacted by climate change in different ways requires a multidisciplinary approach to the development of adapted barley varieties.  Temperatures across the region are predicted to increase in the coming years.  North Dakota has seen the fastest increase in temperature in the contiguous 48 states, mainly through warming winters.  The increases in the Pacific Northwest are expected to be largest during the summer growing season.

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Golden Triangle Barley Update Provides Vision for the Future

Conrad, MT – February 20, 2018 – The future direction of the barley industry was the emphasis of discussion at the February 15 Golden Triangle Barley Update in Conrad.  The triennial event is a collaboration between MSU Extension and industry representatives.  Nearly 75 growers and industry representatives from across the Golden Triangle braved the winter roads on the way to Conrad to hear from experts.

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LED Lights for Speed Breeding

Speed Breeding Greenhouse Using a speed growing technique that employs LED lights has the potential to dramatically accelerate the process of breeding better-performing crops, according to researchers at John Innes Centre in England and Australian institutions, the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney. Results of the study appeared in January in the scientific journal Nature Plants. The new speed breeding technique means that it’s now possible to grow six generations of wheat every year—a threefold increase over current growth rates.  View Article

Montana Barley Fields Become Front Line For Climate Change

A bumper sticker spotted in Montana reads, “No barley, no beer.” It’s a reminder that Montana’s barley farmers are struggling. Barley is an unforgiving crop that needs a precise recipe of water and sunshine to thrive — too much of either will cause it to wither and die. And amid a changing climate and unpredictable seasons, that’s exactly what’s happening.

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Expanded Malting Barley Research in the East Benefits Entire US

Milwaukee, WI – May 4, 2017 – The interest in growing malting barley has expanded across the US in the last several years and necessitated the need for additional crop research.  This research ranges from trials to find current cultivars suitable for a new region, to breeding programs developing new varieties with the disease resistance and other traits to allow for profitable production.  The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) has helped to foster this research whenever its resources have allowed it to do so.

The growth in the number of brewers and distillers in the eastern US, and the movement to source ingredients locally has created a new market for malting barley in the region.  Some states have added tax incentives to further cultivate these markets.  Malting companies and farmers are searching for the malting cultivars that have the desired quality and will grow in the region.

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Increasing Barley Selection for Malting Through Research

The mission of the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) is to encourage and support an adequate supply of high quality malting barley for end users.  The primary strategy in achieving this is the development of new varieties with an increased chance of making industry malting quality specifications, often referred to as selection rate.  Barley breeders have been meeting this challenge …?

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